Posts Tagged ‘The Static Jacks’
Since the US release of their debut album “If You’re Young” last August, The Static Jacks have been a busy bunch. Two tours of the States and two of Europe / the UK have happened, with the band sharing stages with the likes of Howler, The Cribs and The Wombats along the way (famously appearing at Brixton Academy in February with the latter).
They’re currently showing no signs of slowing down, either – the band are back on the road in the US this week, again lending support to The Wombats on a 13 date tour (23 April – 9 May) – which includes notable appearances at Webster Hall in NYC and the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Also, rather like Arctic Monkeys did after their debut LP, the band have just announced a new standalone 4-track EP, “Spray Tan” (a reference to the orange looking lady on the “Into The Sun” single, we wonder?), will be released next month to bridge the gap between first and second albums.
Recorded with producer Andrew Maury (also the producer of debut EP “Laces”) in five fast days last summer, we’re told, the opening track “Young Guns” displays a rough and ready grit we’ve come to associate with their live shows, and is as hard hitting and memorable as anything on their debut album. Pick it up for free below, and if you’re heading out to any of current dates, expect to hear it in the set alongside the other newbies.
Live sessions, typically around 4-5 tracks, are recorded onto vintage 1/4 Inch tape at Daytrotter’s Horseshack Studios (also in Rock Island, but several more have sprung up across the US) as bands pass through the town on their national tours, and are posted up online alongside some analysis from Moeller and a unique illustration of the band / artist – something that’s become a real USP for the site.
Since its inception in 2006, Daytrotter has hosted sessions from bands like MGMT, Bon Iver, The National, Wilco, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Local Natives, Fleet Foxes, The Naked And Famous, Two Door Cinema Club, Anna Calvi, The Vaccines and Youth Lagoon, amongst countless others, leading to the site being featured in publications such The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. Recently, a Daytrotter studio has opened up here in London, which has enabled many UK artists to feature on the site – recent tapings this side of the pond have included the likes of Dry The River, Kyla La Grange, Bombay Bicycle Club, Metronomy, Bastille and Slow Club.
Quite often, bands feature on the site before they fully break into the public consciousness, and as such Daytrotter rightly declares itself as a place to discover your new favourite band.
We’ve been aware of the site for a little while, but have taken a larger interest of late due to two of our bands, The Static Jacks and Channel Cairo, being featured. With both their sessions appearing online in recent weeks, we thought it was high time to pose some questions to Sean about it all – his aims and motivations for doing it, as well as what’s to come from Daytrotter in the future.
LFC: What inspired you to start Daytrotter?
Sean: I started the site with a couple buddies really just to try and make something different and special – something that would allow me to give a platform to bands that I thought were better than most of the bands that I read about in magazines. I just thought that if there was a way for us to put bands in a most natural environment and recording them without much fanfare, with vintage equipment, straight to tape, the results would be good and people could easily appreciate them. There would be little to no bullshit. The music could just shine through.
LFC: To someone who hasn’t come across Daytrotter – what exactly is it, and what’s the site’s aim/ethos?
Sean: We’re a website that records bands passing through our main analog studio here in Rock Island, Ill. (and a few others out there in the world) and features those songs for people to listen to on our site. We hope we’re a place where people have open ears and are willing to discover things they’ve never heard of. We just like the idea of getting great music into as many ears as possible and letting people decide for themselves, rather than get caught up in any hype that is too easy to find out there these days.
LFC: Aside from bands passing through to record sessions for you, is there much of an independent music scene where you’re based on the Illinois / Iowa border?
Sean: No, not really. We’re trying to change that. We’ve got some things up our sleeves. We usually have to get to Iowa City to link up with great shows. Though, surprisingly, a couple nights a year, Maquoketa, Iowa is about as cool of a place as you can ever go to hear music.
LFC: Of all the bands who have recorded Daytrotter sessions over the years, who have been the most memorable?
Sean: Really, honestly and truly, they all stand out for different reasons. It’s a big ‘ol bag of memories, all of them. It’s damn near impossible to think about what we’re trying to do over here without thinking about it as a whole. These aren’t individual moments for me, but more a whole. That’s what means the most to me.
LFC: Apart from the original studio in Rock Island, where are the other Daytrotter sites?
Sean: We have studios that we currently use in London, San Francisco, Nashville, Austin, Montreal and Asheville, NC.
LFC: How did setting up the studio in London come about?
Sean: We got to become really good buddies with the killer people at Communion and our values and tastes align so well that we couldn’t keep our hands off of one another. We just had to work together and so this is just the start of a relationship that I think is going to continue to grow and become something really amazing. We’re looking forward to seeing where it goes. Our studio over there is gorgeous and the two engineers we’re working with – Ian Grimble and Rich Matthews – are wizards. It’s a wonderful extension of our team here in Rock Island and we couldn’t be happier about the results so far.
LFC: What’s your criteria when booking a band for a Daytrotter session?
Sean: It’s very simple: If I like it we’ll try to make something happen. If I don’t like it, the band doesn’t stand a chance. Ha.
LFC: Are there any big names you’d like to get on the site, or are you happy with focusing on emerging talent?
Sean: I want Willie Nelson, Jay-Z, Alabama and Radiohead to come visit us.
LFC: How do you search for new talent? Is it mainly on the internet, or word of mouth?
Sean: It’s about half and half. I get a lot of recommendations and tips from bands that we’ve recorded in the past and friends that I trust. Mostly it’s just me bouncing around Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages. It’s amazing what you can find.
LFC: What’s next for Daytrotter?
Sean: It’s actually just a lot of the same, but we should have some very big news coming in the fall. It’s not the right time to let the cat or cats out of the bag just yet. All in due time, my good friend.
Like Daytrotter on Facebook here and follow Sean on Twitter at @RealDaytrotter. Listen to The Static Jacks’ session, recorded in San Francisco, here. Channel Cairo’s session, recorded in London, is available here.
The LFC 7″ single tracks, “Into The Sun” and “Mercy, Hallelujah”, are both included, the latter an alternative take “played like The Smashing Pumpkins would”. Honouring their New Jersey roots, short covers The Misfits and Bruce Springsteen also made the cut, as did a couple of other tracks from their debut full-length “If You’re Young”.
February 4th, 2012 • News
Tags: 02 Academy Brixton, Club NME, Fearless Records, Fenway Recordings, Fleche d'Or, Grouplove, Howler, If You're Young, Into The Sun, Koko, Magnet, Mercy Hallelujah, The Static Jacks, The Wombats
Following on from our announcement a few weeks back that The Static Jacks would be touring Europe this month, they’ve added several new dates in both the UK and on the continent.
As before, the run includes three dates supporting The Wombats, which will make TSJ the first LFC Records band to play at the O2 Academy in Brixton, and now there are also shows supporting Band Of Skulls (at London’s XOYO), as well as fellow countrymen Grouplove (in Brighton) and Howler (in Paris).
The band are on the road to promote their debut full-length, “If You’re Young”, which is out through Fearless Records on 5 March. The double A-sided 7″ vinyl of “Into The Sun” / “Mercy, Hallelujah” (which we put out late last year) will be on sale on the tour, or you can pick one up before it all kicks off, from our shop.
Check out this video of the band finishing their set at Koko in November with “Into The Sun”:
November 7th, 2011 • News
Tags: Amazing Radio, Andrew Santora, Audition, Charlie Ashcroft, Club NME, Fearless Records, Fenway Recordings, Fractures, Henry Kaye, Ian Devaney, Ice Black Birds, If You're Young, Into The Sun, Koko, LAISSEZ FAIRE CLUB, Made In Chelsea, Mercy Hallelujah, Michael Sue Poi, New Jersey, Nick Brennan, Pre-Order, Seven Inch, The Social, The Static Jacks, The Wombats
Hope you all had a good weekend, and if you came down to see Deep Sea Arcade on Friday, thank you. It was great fun. This morning, we’ve got a lot of news about our next 7″ release from New Jersey’s greatest band The Static Jacks. We’ve give it to you bit by bit, here goes:
The official video to the A-side of the single “Into The Sun” is now out, and you can watch it in all its glory above. Like all great music videos, we think it adds an extra dimension to an already very strong, fist-pumping track. Have a look and see what you think.
The 7″ vinyl (“Into The Sun” b/w the Made In Chelsea featuring “Mercy, Hallelujah”), out on 28 November, is now available to pre-order from the Laissez Faire Club shop. There are only 300 copies being pressed, and the first 50 will come with an exclusive, unique photograph taken by the band on their tour with The Wombats across the US & Canada – which is still in progress as we speak. You might get a picture of them partying with Murph backstage in Ohio. It might be an open road in Arkansas, or an all-American diner in Louisiana. We don’t know, and we’re as excited as anyone to get hold of one. It’s Ebay gold if nothing else.
UK dates! Yes, the band are making their first ever trip across the pond later this month to promote the aforementioned release, and will play the following:
Thursday 24 November – 100 Club w/ Eagulls, Mazes
Friday 25 November – Club NME @ Koko w/ The Dancers
Saturday 26 November – O2 Academy, Bristol w/ Alabama 3
And finally, “Into The Sun” will be making its national radio debut on Charlie Ashcroft’s ‘Audition’ show on Amazing Radio this afternoon, at 1300 GMT. It’ll be repeated on Sunday 13 November, at 1600 GMT. After today’s show, listeners can vote for their favourite track, and the one with most votes will make the station’s main playlist. So, you know, be sure to head over to the site (or send a Tweet to Charlie saying how much you love the song) and do the right thing.
Check out a video for The Static Jacks‘ “Into The Sun” comprised of live footage from their very recent gig (25 October) supporting The Wombats in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It possesses an energy that makes us very excited for their UK dates next month. Stay tuned for announcements regarding those, as well as the 7″ pre-order, in the coming week.
October 11th, 2011 • Interview
Tags: André Anjos, Andrew Maury, Channel Cairo, Givers, Headstrong, Interview, Into The Sun, New York City, Ra Ra Riot, RAC, Remix Artist Collective, The Collectable Few, The Static Jacks, Twenty
Andrew Maury is a New York City based producer, live sound engineer and remixer, who’s come to prominence in the indie-rock world over the last few years due to his work with some great and exciting new artists within the genre.
All bands have had the “RAC Maury Mix” treatment, with Andrew’s interpretation of The Collectable Few’s “Headstrong” being officially released by us this past January (he also mixed the original version, which was the lead track). Andrew is credited on production duties for The Static Jacks’ 2009 EP, “Laces”, and continues to work with The Collectable Few on their latest recordings. His most recent remix is of The Static Jacks’ “Into The Sun”, which premiered on Rolling Stone’s web-site on 29 September. The original version will see the light of day in the UK through us next month (click here for full details on that).
With all this in common (and seemingly seeing eye-to-eye about up and coming guitar bands) we thought we ought to find out a bit more about the man and his modus operandi…
LFC: How did you first get into live sound, music production and remixing?
Andrew: Each of those paths started at different points, but are all certainly related. I grew up playing guitar in bands through middle school and high school. I was the guy who had the PA system and kind of “ran” the band events. I even directed my high school talent show! Music, sound, and stage have always been in my blood. Things took shape during college when I became friends with Ra Ra Riot and their manager, Josh Roth. I went to Syracuse University, which is where Ra Ra Riot formed and were playing house parties during their senior year. They graduated in 2006 and started touring and making a name for themselves.
Around the same time, I was still in college and had just discovered RAC. After some net surfing, I deduced that a guy named André Anjos was behind it. He was remixing in a style I had never heard or imagined… his arrangements were so original and inventive, using the original tracks of the song in new contexts which were so exciting and concise. I decided to take a stab at remixing a Ra Ra Riot song (given that I was friends with them and had easy access to their studio tracking). I cold emailed André the first draft of my remix and we kind of hit it off. I dug up a few other remix gigs for myself, and within about 3 months André asked me if I wanted to join RAC and team up with him. Since then, the platform for which I procure remixes has been entirely fueled by my association with RAC and the reputation we’ve been building over the years.
By the time I graduated college in 2008, Ra Ra Riot had just put out their first album, and they gave me a shot at doing live sound for their headlining tour. It was trial by fire at first, but I’ve been with them for just over 3 years now and I’ve learned the ropes pretty quickly. New challenges still present themselves as we continue to play larger and larger venues. I’ve been fortunate to have met dozens of bands on the road – some leading to other opportunities to mix front of house. In addition to Ra Ra Riot, I tour pretty consistently with GIVERS and have done a few one-off shows for Surfer Blood in NYC where I live.
Producing, recording, and mixing records is yet another tangent. Given all the experience remixing and doing live sound, it was becoming obvious to me that I also wanted to make records with bands. I had some experience dabbling in self-recording during college, and had taken a few courses related to audio recording. I even had a brief internship at a Brooklyn recording studio called Headgear before I started touring. But it all really started in 2009 off the heels of a tour with Ra Ra Riot when we were opening for Death Cab For Cutie. I became friends with DCFC guitarist Chris Walla, who is also a highly esteemed engineer and producer. After talking shop the whole tour, Chris asked me to come to LA for 2 weeks and be the Logic operator for Tegan & Sara’s Sainthood. It was kind of the the coolest thing that ever happened to me… here I was at the world famous Sound City Studios with Chris, Tegan and Sara, their guitarist Ted Gowans, and Jason McGerr who was drumming on the record. Seeing and hearing a REAL record being made. I was running the computer while Chris and Howard Redekopp were producing and engineering the session. I learned so much so fast. It got my lexicon and studio etiquette up to speed.
That summer, I bought a 16 channel recording interface, some monitors, some microphones, and hit the ground running. Pulling from the network I had built remixing and touring, I ended up recorded and mixing the Laces EP for The Static Jacks, mixing The House Floor’s Warship, and mixing Kisses’ The Heart of the Nightlife. Later in the year, I went into the studio with Ra Ra Riot to engineer and co-produce their sophomore album, The Orchard.
For the past two years I’ve had a pretty exciting, steady stream of work touring, remixing, mixing, and recording!
LFC: What projects are you working on right now?
Andrew: This summer has been a lot of touring with GIVERS and Ra Ra Riot, but I’ve recently been wrapping up the mixing for the forthcoming Princeton record, which I recorded with them last summer. Its totally, totally unbelievable and I couldn’t be more proud of it. I’ve also been mixing some early recordings for The Collectable Few. I can’t get enough of them… they hit the nail on the head for so many of my influences and favorite music. I’m really hoping to continue to work with them in the future. They are special. I finished up a bunch of remixes for various artists recently too.
LFC: To the uninitiated, what exactly is RAC and what do they do?
Andrew: RAC is a team of three people who create music: André Anjos, Karl Kling, and myself. Our platform for work has largely been remixing for the last 4 years. We pride our remixes on a sonic brand we’ve developed. I think its safe to say that you know an RAC remix when you hear one. Much to our surprise and excitement, the RAC reputation has grown fast. We tend to remix indie/rock artists… like Tokyo Police Club, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Shins, Surfer Blood, Phoenix, etc. Early on we did a lot of remixes for smaller unsigned bands, but have been moving into doing larger acts. RAC also has a touring DJ component, which André and Karl do together. They have been DJing some huge shows recently! We are also looking to start producing records at a certain point. The future is bright for RAC.
LFC: What do you try to achieve in a remix?
Andrew: If its a band that’s hired me to remix a song, I often listen to the original once or twice before I start the remix to refresh myself with the melodies and highlights. Then I’ll drop all the multi-track files into Logic and just go. I’m always attempting to reinvent the song while still paying homage to the original. The magic in remixing comes from striking a balance between using the original multi-track and recording my own newly composed tracks. It gets to a point where I’m interacting with the song, and it actually feels as though it starts to write itself. I sometimes will listen back to the original song days after I’ve been immersed in my remix, and I’ll be shocked how strangely different the original feels. If anything, I try to invent a whole new world for the song.
LFC: Do you have a favourite RAC Maury Mix?
Andrew: I don’t think I could pick one, but my top 5 are:
Lenka – Trouble Is A Friend
Lacrymosa – Good At Heart
Surfer Blood – Take It Easy
Phoenix – 1901
aaaaaaand… a remix that releases october 24 for a rather huge artist which I’m VERY excited about!
LFC: What are the ups and downs of a career in sound engineering?
Andrew: Ups: incredible fun. The work is so rewarding. For me, the career is doing what I can’t get enough of anyway. You meet hundreds of cool people every year. Some of the people you meet are rather famous, and may even be people you grew up inspired by.
Downs: its extremely competitive and difficult work. Self-imposed neurosis levels can be pretty intense. When you are mixing a live show in front of 1200 people, or recording a band with a large reputation, or mixing a record which will be the thing that the artist and public will hear forever, the stakes can feel really high.
LFC: What advice would you offer to someone looking to get into your field?
Andrew: Get in tune with your opinions on music. Get inspired by records and sounds you love. Learn to separate what’s amateur and what’s pro. Go to shows. Meet as many people as you can. Be the nicest person you can be. Email young bands who you believe in. Impress people with your work. Take pride in your work. Take risks!
LFC: Who are the bands or artists most exciting you at the moment?
Andrew: I recently got into Dutch Uncles’ new album Cadenza and Little Dragon’s Machine Dream. I’ve also been on an extended kick loving Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca and My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless. Working with bands is probably the most exciting though… feeling like you have a hand in creating something that others will learn about and discover. The Collectable Few tracks and this Princeton record I’m wrapping up fall in that category.
October 6th, 2011 • News
Tags: 7", Fearless Records, Fenway Recordings, If You're Young, Into The Sun, LAISSEZ FAIRE CLUB, Made In Chelsea, Mercy Hallelujah, New Jersey, The Static Jacks, vinyl, Westfield
We’re very excited to officially announce our fourth and latest signing to the Laissez Faire Club singles label: Westfield, New Jersey’s The Static Jacks.
After introducing them to you via this blog back in May, we’re pleased to be able to bring you their first ever UK release, which will be a double A-sided 7″ single (limited to just 300 copies) featuring the hard and fast, hooky as hell, festival smash in waiting “Into The Sun” and the Cure-channeling “Mercy, Hallelujah”. The record is expected to hit the shelves of all good independent record stores in late November.
Both tracks are taken from their recently released (and to date, critically acclaimed) full length “If You’re Young”, which came out in the States through Fearless Records at the end of August (and should see the light of day in the UK at some point in 2012).
The band are about to embark on a mammoth US tour with The Wombats and The Postelles (if you live in any of these cities, perhaps head on down), and we expect to announce some UK shows very soon indeed. Keep checking back for any such developments. In the meantime, listen to the single in full below, and watch two very different versions of the lead track.
We’re not sure why New Jersey garage-rock quartet The Static Jacks have to date not featured on these pages. In any case, there’s no time like the present, and with the fresh-faced, all-American four piece set to release their debut long player “If You’re Young” on 30 August in the States (through Fearless), this is probably as good a time as any to shout about them.
If you like your indie rock uncomplicated, impassioned and hook filled, you’ll most likely enjoy TSJ. Think The Clash, The Libertines, The Paddingtons and The Cribs with an American twist, or early Strokes. Vocalist Ian Devaney’s sing-it-like-you-mean-it, up-and-at-’em growl lures the listener in from the outset, before the water-tight musicianship and hooks bowl you over and leave you wanting more after the songs clock in at around three minutes (if that).
The band have been making waves on their native East Coast for a little while now, playing all the right shows: support slots with the likes of Titus Andronicus, Tokyo Police Club, The Futureheads and Young The Giant, as well as appearances at SXSW and the CMJ Music Marathon in 2010. A self-released, Andrew Maury produced EP in early 2010 contained a sure fire hit in ‘My Parents Lied’, no doubt keeping them on the radar of many an Internet tastemaker.
One suspects they’re building up a solid grass roots following at their side of the pond, before taking the show over to the UK and Europe later on this year (we’ll be keeping an eye out for any such news). In the meantime, check out ‘Girl Parts’, a free download they’ve just dished up, which features Ceci Gomez of Brooklyn punk outfit Beast Make Bomb on guest vocals, and is also a first taste of what to expect from their aforementioned debut album.